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California Elementary School Receives National Award

The Coalition for Community Schools will present an Award of Excellence to Harmon Johnson Elementary School on June 6 in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Harmon Johnson was selected based on academic gains, access to health care for students and because of its strong parental support, according to a Twin Rivers Unified School District news release.

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Neighbors Want Michigan District to Maintain Closing School's Building

Residents and business owners near Washington Elementary School (Flint, Mich.) want to work with the Flint School District to ensure the school doesn’t become an eyesore and a spot for criminal activity.

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ACLU Warns Kansas District to Cancel Creationist Assemblies

The American Civil Liberties Union has warned a southwest Kansas school district against holding mandatory student assemblies that feature a creationist group. Hugoton Public Schools invited Creation Truth Foundation’s founder Dr. G. Thomas Sharp to teach the “Truth about Dinosaurs” at two assemblies next week. At least one of the assemblies will be mandatory for all students and teachers.

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Arlington, Texas District Looking at Security Measures

Arlington school board members say they have no desire for teachers to bring concealed guns to class and instead are focusing on measures such as new surveillance cameras and door buzzers to improve security at elementary schools.

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Brunswick (Maine) Board Seeks Partnership for Proposed Charter School

In an attempt to provide an alternative to nearby charter schools, the Brunswick (Maine) school board is in preliminary talks for a partnership with the proposed Brunswick Landing International School, to open by fall 2014.

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Stomach Bug Affects More than 120 Wayne (Pa.) Students, Teachers

What appears to be a bad stomach bug is ripping through a small school in Wayne (Pa.) A little more than 120 children and three teachers -- out of 444 students and 35 teachers who attend and teach at the K8 school -- were out sick Thursday at Saint Katharine of Siena School.

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Muskegon (Mich.) Schools Turn Finances Over to Intermediate District

Muskegon (Mich.) Public Schools is turning its financial operations over to the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, a move officials said isn’t directly related to the district’s budget deficit but one that will help address the deficit.

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Wake County, N.C. Leaders Back $911M School Construction Program

Top elected officials in Wake County, N.C. have agreed to support a school construction program of around $911 million that could cost the average homeowner roughly $135 more per year in property taxes.

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Miami-Dade School Board Fights Changes to Bright Futures Scholarships

With efforts to halt an increase in Florida Bright Futures scholarship requirements all but dead in Tallahassee, opponents who fear the changes will disproportionately harm minority students are changing tact. That includes the Miami-Dade school district, where the impact would be greatest.

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Arson Suspected in Lansdowne (Pa.) High School Fire

Arson is suspected in a three-alarm fire that heavily damaged the Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne overnight and may force it to remain closed for the rest of the academic year, authorities said. The blaze followed a series of bomb threats at the school that stopped about two weeks ago, said Fire Chief Daniel Kortan.

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